SPIDERMAN IS HAVING ME FOR DINNER TONIGHT
Posted on July 17, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'
Despite living in a hyper-technological world and using lots of technology myself, I am a nostalgic who loves all things coming from the past. This doesn’t only include a passion for different forms of art (cinema and music in primis) but for materials as well. The peculiar feel that an old fabric has is something which can only be imitated, not duplicated, but there are some “old” materials which can still be used: they perfectly symbolize this technology-addicted era, but at the same time keep part of their old charm. I bet it’s hard to believe perspex – the synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate – was first created in 1928: this material is more than 80 years old, but still looks avant-garde, especially when used for jewellery and accessories.
Charlotte Dellal, the designer of Charlotte Olympia, was clearly in love with it when she designed one of the most famous accessories – the Pandora clutch, made of clear perspex.
Besides the material, its most notable feature is the spider-shaped clasp, made of golden metal and embellished with enamel and crystals.
Its versatility is noteworthy, too: the perspex clutch serves as an ideal display for what is inside. I’m not a fan of bags made of clear materials, but Pandora is an exception: you can simply put your things into it for everybody to see them, or you can use one of the three zipped inserts included.
These interchangeable clutches – one made of leopard-print calf hair, one of black crepe di chine and one of gold lamé – can match your outfit or create an interesting contrast. The zip fastener of each clutch is embellished with a gold net, another reference to the spider theme and symbol of the brand.